And after all the stress of planning a wedding, shouldn’t the couple look forward to taking a break and relaxing on their honeymoon?
“We usually make honeymoon appointments to meet with the bride and groom and discuss their interests and budget,” said Julie Johnston McManus of World Travel International, Montoursville.
McManus attended both bridal shows, showing brides the many options in trips.
She said most know what they want, but some have never traveled before and need some suggestions. The agency also helps out with passport and Visa requirements, if needed.
“We offer resorts that are adults or couples only. All-inclusive resorts are the most popular with honeymooners, since they know what the cost will be upfront,” McManus said.
A bridal registry can be used and is offered at World Travel in which guests can buy gift certificates.
McManus said destination weddings are increasingly popular.
“I did one last December for over 90 guests; it’s usually less expensive than a reception and the couple gets to enjoy their guests for several days instead of a few hours,” she said.
While on their honeymoon, couples can’t forget about taking time for themselves.
“I think a lot of people are hesitant to buy bridal lingerie and things like that because they aren’t sure about the sizing,” said Beth Kaiser, owner of Spice It Up Boutique, 201 Basin St.
She said the shop has many options for couples to have fun with on their honeymoon. She offers those who use the bridal registry 10 percent off purchases of lingerie, massage oil or chocolate body paint.
Brides or bridesmaids also can come in and get help with planning the bridal shower or bachelorette party, such as a party at home or girls night out.
As for life beyond the honeymoon, Kaiser recommends keeping it fresh.
“I have a lot brides that come back in a year later and look for an item for the anniversary,” she said. “Keeping things fresh and new as the relationship continues builds your comfort level with that person.”